I’m experimenting with ways to publish video on the web.
This first effort was labor-intensive:
- I started from a video clip I recorded from TV to VCR years ago, and digitized some time later to MPEG 1, using Adaptec’s then-current VideOh! device. The original file was about 20 MB, not great quality.
- Today, I used Windows Movie Maker (included with Windows XP) to compress the video, per instructions found here. The file squeezed down to 6.1 MB.
- I then used Macromedia Flash, again following the instructions linked above, to create a streaming video (that is, video that will play directly from a web page) in Shockwave Flash format.
- I used Macromedia DreamWeaver (as usual) to create a new page for my site, this one you’re looking at, and place the SWF file (still about 6.1 MB) on the page.
- Posted the page to my website as usual.
NB: In Dec, 2004, I reduced the size of this video (240×180 pixels) in order to conserve disk space and bandwidth.
(April, 2011 – Had to do a screen capture of the old swf file playing in my browser to get a format I could upload to YouTube.)
Why This Video?
This clip is the end titles of an Italian TV program called “A Sua Immagine” (In His Image), a weekly sermon by a Franciscan monk. Sometime around 1996 they redid the titles, featuring video portraits of a variety of people, I assume to show that we are all made “in His image.” The overall effect is lovely and moving.
I can’t claim credit for anything in this video except at the very end. The last face you see is my daughter, Rossella.
I assume the copyright belongs to RAI TV; if anyone gets mad, I’ll take the clip down. I don’t know who did the music; Italian programs repurpose music from all sorts of sources. This piece sounds like Patrick Doyle to me.